Solar Panels light up this Essex railway station

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Greater Anglia has announced that an Essex railway station has had LED solar powered cats eyes installed.

The lights have been installed on a walkway at Thorpe-le-Soken railway station, on the branch line between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea.

The walk along the entrance road used to be dark and unlit, but now with 50 solar-powered cats eyes in place, the walkway is illuminated and provides a clear path for passengers to walk along.

The project was funded by the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (ESSCRP) which donated £6,800.

What did the officials say?

Paul Haynes, Greater Anglia’s Community Rail Partnerships Manager, said:

“We would like to thank Community Rail Partnership for funding this project, which will make a difference to rail passengers using the station.

“At Greater Anglia we are working on a number of environmentally friendly projects including fitting LED lighting, using solar power and creating bee-friendly gardens. This project at Thorpe Le Soken will help us further to reduce our carbon footprint, create a more pleasant atmosphere for our customers and improve safety and security.”

Jayne Sumner, ESSCRP Manager, said:

“These LEDs will help light the way for train users on dark mornings and evenings. I would like to say huge thank you to everyone who has helped to install them in time to give a real benefit for customers during the long winter nights.”

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